Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


For years now political scientists have been asking questions about why the Middle East remains one of the world’s least democratic regions. Given the recent Middle East war and the United States’ current project to build a democracy in Iraq, the question seems more significant than ever.Yet the topic continues to puzzle researchers around the globe as they contribute to a growing body of possible explanations for the phenomenon.While these explanations vary widely in form, they also reflect a constant and underlying question regarding what factors inhibit the formation of sustainable Middle Eastern democracies. This paper examines one such model in the context of contemporary Egypt to test its relevance to events actually occurring in the Arab world.